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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Some clues about the next years in Iraq
WaPo article via Alexander the Average via Who's Your Baghdaddy?

Lessons for Iraq From Gettysburg
By David Ignatius

....The Civil War, like the invasion of Iraq, was a war of transformation in which the victors hoped to reshape the political culture of the vanquished. But as McPherson tells the story, reconstruction posed severe and unexpected tests: The occupying Union army was harassed by an insurgency that fused die-hard remnants of the old plantation power structure with irregular guerrillas. The Union was as unprepared for this struggle as the Coalition Provisional Authority was in Baghdad in 2003. The army of occupation was too small, and its local allies were often corrupt and disorganized.

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